As Alberta’s economy and population grows, public transportation provides safe, accessible, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation options to connect Albertans to work, recreation, services and each other.
The Alberta government recently completed a provincial transit engagement to learn about the transportation needs of Albertans living in rural and urban communities across the province. The information collected through this process will help provide a better understanding of the varying public transportation issues, challenges and opportunities.
How Albertans were involved
Albertans in rural and urban communities and transportation stakeholders provided input on the future of public transportation in our province through an online survey and workbooks.
How the input will be used
The input received will help inform the development of a provincial transit strategy, and criteria for future funding in support of municipal transit initiatives and rural bus services. The funding program criteria and a provincial transit strategy will be drafted in collaboration with cross-ministry partners. An announcement regarding the program criteria is targeted for summer 2016.
A provincial transit strategy will also support Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, by providing a framework for provincial policies and programs for public transportation.